Dayton likely to hire attorneys for red light, speed camera appeals

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

            Dayton police Detective Jason Ward, of the department’s crash reconstruction unit, holds a Lidar speed gun. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton police Detective Jason Ward, of the department’s crash reconstruction unit, holds a Lidar speed gun. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The city of Dayton is likely to authorize spending $50,000 to hire two attorneys to oversee the administrative hearings of people who challenge citations they received for allegedly running red lights and speeding.

Last year, the city restarted its photo enforcement safety program, which uses automated cameras to snap photos of vehicles that are traveling above the posted speed limit or that run red lights.

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The city is legally required to give citizens a way to contest the citations from traffic cameras, which are mailed out to the registered owners of vehicles that are caught on camera violating the law.

Tonight, Dayton commissioners will vote on contracts with attorneys Marc Ross and Kayla Rowe that would pay them each $85 per hour to oversee the administrative hearings.

In December, six people showed up to the first hearing where people could appeal their citations.

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One woman showed she was not behind the wheel when her vehicle was caught on camera breaking the law, and her citation was dismissed and reissued to her daughter.

One man tried to argue that physics and quantum physics could explain how he was caught on camera speeding even though he was actually traveling at the posted speed limit. His appeal was denied.

The city also votes tonight on a $305,400 contract with Optotraffic LLC to manage the city’s photo enforcement program.

The city will have fixed, automated cameras at five locations and two speed trailers and six hand-held speed cameras that can be used at sites across the city.

The trailers have proven effective at encouraging motorists to drive more safely, since speed violations have declined 23 percent at one trailer site and 12 percent at the other, the city said.

The city restarted its photo enforcement program on Oct. 1, with warnings being issued for 30 days. The city issued more than 19,000 warnings during that month.

The city has received about $89,900 in revenue from traffic camera fines through mid-December, even though the fixed cameras are not fully operational yet.


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5 things to know about the continuing absence of Hamilton’s school superintendent

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

            Hamilton Schools Superintendent Tony Orr remains on paid leave - under order of the city’s school board - as questions continue as to why? The school board has reviewed an independent investigator’s report into allegations Orr violated board policies but members are not commenting.
Hamilton Schools Superintendent Tony Orr remains on paid leave - under order of the city’s school board - as questions continue as to why? The school board has reviewed an independent investigator’s report into allegations Orr violated board policies but members are not commenting.

The questions about why the leader of one of Ohio’s largest school systems was ordered on leave continue in Hamilton.

Since Feb. 5, Hamilton schools Superintendent Tony Orr has been absent by orders of the school board.

A long executive session on Thursday saw Hamilton Board of Education members emerge the same way they went into the private meeting – without comment.

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Here are five things to know about this situation:

1. Neither side is talking. Outside of released statements from the board and Orr shortly after the superintendent’s paid leave was ordered, there has been no comments from either party. The board cited allegations Orr violated board policies.

2. The community is talking. Rumors as to why Orr was ordered on leave continue to swirl through the 10,000-student city schools and the city of more than 62,000 residents.

A handful of parents have consistently spoken at school board meetings since early February asking why Orr was told to leave.

School parent and Orr supporter Randy Romer has been among them, and he said “the rumors are exploding.”

3. The board said allegations do not involve students. This news outlet has checked repeatedly with Hamilton police to see if they are conducting any investigation involving Orr in any manner, and officials there said no.

In his only statement to date, Orr said he did not know the nature of the allegations against him and expressed confidence he will be exonerated and returned to his superintendent’s job.

4. It could end Monday. On Thursday the board reviewed an independent investigation report, joined by the school system’s attorney. Board members declined to comment Thursday regarding the investigation’s report, but they said the board plans to meet on Monday at 5 p.m. and again will go into private, executive session as allowed by Ohio law for boards discussing personnel matters.

5. Teachers union representatives wanted to be heard. Some members of the union representing teachers in Hamilton schools attended the special board meeting Thursday, where the board took some actions on unrelated motions before convening into executive session.

Debra Gann, president of the Hamilton Classroom Teachers Association, asked Isgro, “Do you have any idea when you might make a decision” on Orr’s job status?

Isgro replied, “We are going to have to probably study the (investigator’s) report and make a decision from there.”

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Ex-Springfield schools ‘tech guy’ accused of inappropriately touching students

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Students leave Springfield High School at the end of the school day. Bill Lackey/Staff
Staff Writer
Students leave Springfield High School at the end of the school day. Bill Lackey/Staff(Staff Writer)

A former Springfield City Schools technology employee is charged after multiple female students at the district accused him of inappropriately touching them, according to court documents.

Jordan Pennington, 33, is charged with gross sexual imposition, according to court documents.

One child victim “had reported that while she was in her classroom, the ‘Tech Guy’ who helps with laptops placed his hand on her back and lowered it to the top of her butt and that she moved before he could touch her entire butt,” court records showed.

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A second child reported Pennington touch the side of her breast over her clothes at the school and at the STEM Nights on “numerous occasions,” records indicated.

“Upon learning of the allegations, the District immediately placed the employee on paid administrative leave and conducted a formal investigation into these concerns,” Springfield City School said in a prepared statement.  “The employee in question is no longer employed with the Springfield City School District.”

The incidents were reported to have happened in January and February.

Records indicated that some of the incidents reported were witnessed and numerous children were interviewed as part of the investigation.

Pennington is not currently in the Clark County Jail.

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Local driver falls asleep and hits garage

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:54 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Car drives into side of garage on Saratoga Drive in Troy

UPDATE @ 10:38 a.m.

A St. Paris man who was on his way home from a long work shift told Troy police he fell asleep while driving Friday morning, causing his car to jump a curb and hit the side of a garage. 

Before hitting the garage on Saratoga Drive, the car luckily dodged a large boulder and went in between two trees. The two cars parked inside the garage had minor damage and the driver sustained a cut above his eye. The driver, who fled the scene on foot, will be cited for failure to control, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under a suspended license and giving false information to the police. 


Friday morning a Troy driver was on his way home from a twelve hour shift, fell asleep at the wheel and hit a garage on Saratoga Drive. 

We are unsure if anyone was injured and will bring you the latest details as we receive them. 

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Winter Storm Watch for southwest Miami Valley early Saturday; accumulation likely 

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

>> 5-Day Forecast


  • Sunny, pleasant day today
  • Winter Storm Watch in effect 2 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday 
  • Snow Saturday, accumulation likely
  • Highest snowfall totals southwest of Dayton
5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar
  • Another winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and southwest Ohio just in time for the first weekend of spring. While the track is still somewhat uncertain, parts of the area could see significant snow Saturday. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says we will need to pay close attention to this early spring storm.

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar 


TODAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected today. It’ll be nice a nice looking day with temperatures a notch warmer than yesterday. Temperatures reach close to the mid-40s.

TONIGHT: Clouds are on the increase overnight tonight, but it looks like most of the night should be dry. The chance for snow will arrive by the morning hours Saturday.

>> Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

SATURDAY: Models continue to hint at a snow storm moving into the region Saturday, dumping up to 6 inches of snow for some. The biggest question remains will this snow fall in the Miami Valley? At this point we’re keeping the chance in there, with the highest chances occurring southwest of the Dayton metro. However it’s worth mentioning that some models have moved the snow completely out of the Miami Valley, keeping it in northern Kentucky. Other models continue to have snow here. IF snow does fall, the question then becomes how much. With this storm still in the Rocky Mountains, it’s too early to talk specifics, but we can say zero to 4 inches is possible. Highs Saturday will be in the middle 30s for most, near 40 degrees northeast of Dayton.

SUNDAY: We dry out and clear the clouds with more sunshine, as highs reach the middle 40s. 

>> Winter Storm watch issued for system that could be snow this weekend

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies are on tap to start the new work week. Temperatures peak in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY: The chance for rain returns Tuesday with highs in the mid-50s. 

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